Contour Rd, opposite Areca Court: This steep site of 3 ha is marked by very large fig trees in a patch of remnant rainforest, descending to a piccabeen gully at the bottom, near Kinabalu Drive.
There are some working tracks but they are not tourist grade. The regenerated forest is mostly mature for walking in some sections but keep an eye out for low branches. One of the interesting results of the regeneration has been the noticed return of log-runner bird activity in this area. Map
Esme Park has had extensive regeneration work over many years and has a small creek (a bit dry currently) that flows to the Eastern side of the mountain. It has bitumen walking paths and name posts for some trees.
The Visitor Information Centre to Old Eagle Heights Rd
Contour Rd, 100 m. north of Shasta Drive, Eagle Heights: The terrain of this 1.5 ha site slopes steeply down to reach Kinabalu Drive. It features a piccabeen palm gully and some remnant rainforest.
Dirt road heading south from the bitumen at corner of Main Western Rd and Bartle Rd (on right at the corner if heading from North Tamborine past show-grounds). This is a quiet dead-end dirt road with some regeneration work with bird activity in early morning. There is also a cleared strip under power lines right through to where Main Western Road bitumen begins again at Whites Rd. Map
This is maturing into a beautiful stretch of native vegetation along a creek line with a walking path for locals' enjoyment. The Ohia Court creek line is one of the Tamborine Mountain Landcare Inc projects. It forms part of a wider corridor regeneration connecting the escarpment with three important ecological features: MacDonald Section Tamborine Mountain National Park, A National Park section along Wongawallan Road and a native forest along Contour Road. Map
Why does attentiveness to nature matter? In a very fundamental sense, we are what we pay attention to. Paying heed to beauty, grace, and everyday miracles promotes a sense of possibility and coherence that runs deeper and truer than the often illusory commercial, social "realities" advanced by mainstream contemporary culture. ... Our attention is precious, and what we choose to focus it on has enormous consequences. What we choose to look at, and to listen to--these choices change the world. As Thich Nhat Hanh has pointed out, we become the bad television programs that we watch. A society that expends its energies tracking the latest doings of the celebrity couple is fundamentally distinct from one that watches for the first arriving spring migrant birds, or takes a weekend to check out insects in a mountain stream, or looks inside flowers to admire the marvelous ingenuities involved in pollination. The former tends to drag culture down to its lowest commonalities; the latter can lift us up in a sense of unity with all life. The Way of Natural History, edited by Thomas Lowe Fleischner and published by Trinity University Press (Texas)